US Medical Eligibility Criteria (US MEC) for Contraceptive Use, 2016

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HHS Non-systematic review

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Last Reviewed: July 2016

This report includes recommendations on specific contraceptive methods for people with certain characteristics or medical conditions. The recommendations are meant to help health care providers counsel women, men, and couples about choosing a type of birth control. Updates in the report include guidance for:

  • Women with cystic fibrosis 
  • Women with multiple sclerosis
  • Women using certain psychotropic drugs or St. John’s wort

In addition, there were revisions to recommendations for emergency contraception and revisions recommendations for women with a variety of diseases and conditions.

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Division of Reproductive Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2016). US Medical Eligibility Criteria (US MEC) for Contraceptive Use, 2016. Retrieved from